Armée de l'Air Orders of Battle, Indochina 1940-42

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10th May 1940 [ Top of Page ]

Groupe Aérien Autonome 41       (Cdt Thibaudau ?)
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander
E.R. 1/41 Potez 25
9
?
Pursat (Cambodia) Lt Adam
E.B. 2/41 Farman 221 
4
?
Tong (Tonkin) Cne Penchinat
 
Groupe Aérien Autonome 42       (Cdt Miellet ?)
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander
E.R. 1/42 Potez 25
10
?
Pursat (Cambodia) Cne Minard
E.B. 2/42 Potez 542
6
?
Tan-Son-Nhut (Cochinchina) Cne Jacquelin
 
Groupe Aérien Mixte 595     (?)
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander
E.O. 1/595 Potez 25
7
?
Dong-Hoï (Annam) Cdt Mayaud
 
Groupe Aérien Mixte 596     (?)
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander
E.O. 1/596 Potez 25
6
?
Tourane / Da Nang (Annam) Cne Bodin
 
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander
Esc. 1/C.B.S. Loire 130 
CAMS 37 & 55
8
4
?
?
Cat-Laï (Cochinchina) Cne Michel

 September 1940 [ Top of Page ]

Groupe Aérien Autonome 41       (Cdt Thibaudau)
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander
E.R. 1/41 Potez 25 (1)
?
?
Pursat (Cambodia) Lt Adam
E.B. 2/41 Farman 221 
4
?
Tong (Tonkin) Cne Penchinat
 
Groupe Aérien Autonome 42       (Cdt Miellet)
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander
GAM HQ Potez 631C(2)
1
?
?
E.R. 1/42 Potez 25
?
?
Pursat (Cambodia) Cne Minard
E.B. 2/42 Potez 542
6
?
Tan-Son-Nhut (Cochinchina) Cne Jacquelin
 
Groupe Aérien Mixte 595     (Cdt Pelisse)
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander
E.O. 1/595 Potez 25
7
?
Dong-Hoï (Annam) Cdt Mayaud
E.C. 2/595 Morane-Saulnier 406
9
?
Bach Mai (Tonkin) Cne Gangloff
 
Groupe Aérien Mixte 596     (Cne Bodin)
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander
E.O. 1/596 Potez 25
6
?
Tourane / Da Nang (Annam) Cne Bodin
E.C. 2/596 Morane-Saulnier 406 (3
7
?
(created in October 1940) Cne Horvatte
 
Commandement des Bases du Sud  (Southern Bases Command) (4)
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander
Esc. 1/C.B.S. Loire 130 
CAMS 37 
CAMS 55
8
2
2
?
?
?
Cat-Laï (Cochinchina) Cne Michel

Aéronautique Navale

Section d'Hydravions de la Marine
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander Attached to
Esc. HS6 Loire 130 
Gourdou-Leseurre 832 
Potez 452
2
3
3
?
?
?
Cat-Laï (Cochinchina) LV Gaxotte F.N.E.O.

Notes :

(1) The exact breakdown of planes per escadrille is unknown, but there were about 30 active Potez 25 in Indochina in September 1940. [ back ]

(2) Three Potez 631C bought by China (hence the C designation) were impounded in Haiphong. Two were used for reconnaissance until 1943, the third being used for spares. One aircraft was assigned to the squadron commander of G.A.A. 42, the other one probably went to the commander of G.A.A. 41. [ back ]

(3) These are "Chinese" Moranes that were impounded in Haiphong and flew without their 20mm gun. These aircraft appear to have been mixed in the two escadrilles later. [ back ]

(4) These are all seaplanes. The Loire 130s was used for night bombing mission with anti-submarine bombs ! [ back ]


In June 1941, there were 19 Moranes left in Indochina, 7 with Escadrille 2/595, 6 with Escadrille 2/596 and 6 in the general repair pool.


During the war with Thailand, the following war missions were recorded :
 
Unit
Day missions 
Night missions
E.R. 1/41
E.B. 2/41
15 
E.R. 1/42
15 
E.B. 2/42
14 
E.C. 2/595
10 
E.O. 1/596
114 
E.C. 2/596
42 
Esc. 1/CBS
19 
Potez 631C

Aircraft remaining after the war with Thailand were the following :
 
Type
Available
Unserviceable
Total
Morane 406
14 
19 
Farman 221
Potez 542
Potez 631
Potez 25
34 
20 
54 
Loire 130
12 
Total
63 
32 
95 


In January 1941, the German armistice commission granted permission for 23 Hawk H-75s and 44 Curtiss SBC-4s to be transferred to Indochina from Martinique, but Japanese pressure prevented these plans from being  implemented .

In mid-41, Escadrille 2/596 was disbanded due to lack of spares, its planes and pilots going to Escadrille 2/595.


1st January 1942[ Top of Page ]

Air Forces Commander in Indochina : Col Tavera
Chief of Staff : Cdt Pelisse

Groupe Aérien Nord Indochine (G.A.N.I. - Northern Indochina Air Command)

Commander : Col Weiser (HQ at Tong)
 
Groupement Mixte 1       (?)
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander
E.B. 2/41 Farman 221
?
?
Tong (Tonkin) Cne Penchinat
E.B. 2/42 Potez 542
?
?
Tong (Tonkin) Cne Postal
 
Groupement Mixte 2       (?)
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander
E.R. 1/42 Potez 25
?
?
Tong (Tonkin) Cne Villedieux
E.C. 2/595 Morane-Saulnier 406
?
?
Tong (Tonkin) Cne Pouyade

Groupe Aérien Centre Indochine (G.A.C.I. - Central Indochina Air Command)

Commander : Lt-Col de Castet La Boulbène (HQ at Hanoi)
 
Groupe d'Observation
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander
E.R. 1/41 Potez 25
?
?
Bach Mai (Tonkin) Lt Descaves
E.O. 1/595 Potez 25
?
?
Bach Mai (Tonkin) Cne Mayaud
 
Groupe Aérien Mixte 4
Unit Aircraft Total Avail. Base Commander
E.O. 1/596 Potez 25
?
?
Dong Hoy (Annam) Lt Delpech de Frayssinet
Esc. 1/CBS Loire 130
?
?
Vatchay (Cambodia) Cne Vouzellaud

8th November 1942[ Top of Page ]

Groupe Aérien Nord Indochine (G.A.N.I. - Northern Indochina Air Command)
 
Unit Aircraft Total Base Commander
G.A.N.I. Potez 631C
3
Tong (Tonkin)
 
Groupe de Bombardement       (?)
Unit Aircraft Total Base Commander
E.B. 2/41 Farman 221
3
Tong (Tonkin)
E.B. 2/42 Potez 542
4
Tong (Tonkin)
 
Groupement Mixte 2       (?)
Unit Aircraft Total Base Commander
E.R. 1/42 Potez 25
8
Tong (Tonkin)

Groupe Aérien Centre Indochine (G.A.C.I. - Central Indochina Air Command)
 
Groupement d'Observation
Unit Aircraft Total Base Commander
E.R. 1/41 Potez 25
7
Bach Mai (Tonkin)
E.O. 1/595 Potez 25
7
Bach Mai (Tonkin)
 
Groupement Mixte 4
Unit Aircraft Total Base Commander
E.O. 1/596 Potez 25
8
Dong Hoy (Annam)
Esc. 1/CBS Loire 130
7
Vatchay (Cambodia)


By December 1942, the only planes left were 3 Farman 221, 2 Potez 542, 18 Potez 25TOE and 7 Loire 130.


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